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BLACK BEAR attacks CALIFORNIAN on his porch ~ Unleashed DOG likely cause of BEAR attack in NEW YORK ~ ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER leaves OKLAHOMAN woman a quad amputee ~ NEW MEXICO confirms 3 human cases of TULAREMIA and a DOG with PLAGUE ~ YOSEMITE closes campground due to PLAGUE ~ RABIES reports from DE, FL & NY.

Black Bear. Wiki.org

Black Bear. Wiki.org

California 08/13/15 latimes.com: by Veronica Rocha – A 67-year-old man fought off a bear that attacked him on his front porch as it scavenged for food on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park. The man survived the attack but suffered numerous cuts to his arms, legs and body, as well as defensive wounds to his hands, said Lt. Chris Stoots of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wardens with the agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were searching Wednesday for the California black bear, which will be euthanized when caught, he said. The severity of the man’s injuries and the extent of the attack left wildlife officials with no other option, he said. “Bear attacks on humans are very uncommon,” he said. The attack occurred about 4 a.m. when the man walked onto his porch and was ambushed by the bear in Midpines, a community on the edge of Yosemite National Park. The bear was feeding on a bag of trash left 20 feet from the man’s front door, Stoots said. The bear tackled the man and attacked him. But the man fought back, using his legs and arms, and eventually escaped back into his house. Injured and bloodied, the man drove to the hospital, where he was in stable condition Thursday, Stoots said. The bear disappeared before authorities arrived. Drought has wiped out food sources usually found in the wilderness, driving bears into foothill communities in search of their next meals. The drought, Stoots said, will push bears to go to “great lengths to find food and water.” Stoots said people should not leave food or water unattended near a home, and they should always keep trash away from their property.  – See http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bear-attack-near-yosemite-20150813-story.html

Bear.dog.fightNew York 08/12/15 uticaod.com: by Carolyn Bostick – A man and his dog were injured during a bear attack by the Herkimer County border, according to the Fulton County Department of Environmental Conservation. Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a 55-year-old man from Troy was walking his small dog in the Stewart’s Landing in Stratford, when the unleashed dog encountered a bear. Stratford is located near the Town of Salisbury. The bear attacked the dog and the man was also attacked while trying to separate the animals. The man was able to strike the bear on the nose with a stick causing the bear to run away. Both the man and his dog suffered bites, scratches and puncture wounds. The injuries to the man are not considered life-threatening, DEC officers said. – For complete article see http://www.uticaod.com/article/20150812/NEWS/150819802

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER:


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08/11/15 koco.com: by Morgan Chesky – It’s a holiday trip turned nightmare for a Shawnee family. A mother of two is now in a hospital and may never walk again after a disease took over her body in days. “She’s a beautiful, energetic fun person,” cousin Lisa Morgan said. “I mean nobody deserves this.” Four days after visiting Grand Lake, Jo Rogers thought she had the flu. On day five, her family took her to a hospital. “She was shaking her hands because they hurt, her feet hurt,” Morgan said. “They tested her for West Nile Virus and for meningitis.” Those results came back negative. By day six, doctors said Jo’s organs were shutting down. “By Saturday morning, her arms and feet were turning dark blue and black,” Morgan said. “It was crawling up her limbs.” And it was then someone thought to check for what may have happened just one week earlier, a tick bite that went unnoticed. The one tiny bite, enough for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to ravage Jo’s body, forcing doctor’s to amputate her arms and legs. “Below the knee of her left leg and below both elbows of her arms,” said Morgan. “(They had) to save her life to keep the infection from getting to her vital organs.” – For video and complete article see http://www.koco.com/news/shawnee-mothers-trip-to-grand-lake-ends-with-tragedy/34661720

aaCDC-LogoBlogger’s Note: Patients who had a particularly severe infection requiring prolonged hospitalization may have long-term health problems caused by this disease. Rickettsia rickettsii infects the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. The damage that occurs in the blood vessels results in a disease process called a “vasculitis”, and bleeding or clotting in the brain or other vital organs may occur. Loss of fluid from damaged vessels can result in loss of circulation to the extremities and damaged fingers, toes or even limbs may ultimately need to be amputated. Patients who suffer this kind of severe vasculitis in the first two weeks of illness may also be left with permanent long-term health problems such as profound neurological deficits, or damage to internal organs. – See http://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/symptoms/index.html

TULAREMIA:

tularemia.rr7788rr3New Mexico 08/14 /15 outbreaknewstoday.com: by Robert Herriman – New Mexico health officials are reporting three human cases of the bacterial infection, tularemia, in Bernalillo County, The patients, a 71-year-old man, a 39-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, who have all recovered, contracted the disease via deer fly bites. .. In addition, officials have confirmed plague in a Santa Fe area dog, which was likely exposed to plague by infected rodents and their fleas while walking with its owner along the Santa Fe River between Frenchy’s Field and Siler. – For complete article see http://outbreaknewstoday.com/new-mexico-3-tularemia-cases-reported-in-bernalillo-county-plague-confirmed-in-santa-fe-dog-95777/

PLAGUE:

Santa_Fe_attacks_plagu48f91501Yosemite National Park 08/14/15 nbvcnews.com: by Maggie Fox – California’s Yosemite National Park has reopened one campground but is closing another to spray for fleas after a Los Angeles girl caught plague there. The child is recov ering, officials said. The park’s Crane Flat Campground, closed for four nights while teams treated rodent burrows for fleas, was reopening Friday, the California health department said. Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite will be closed from Monday to Friday next week for similar treatment after two dead squirrels were found to be carrying plague, the department said. “Although this is a rare disease, and the current risk to humans is low, eliminating the fleas is the best way to protect the public from the disease,” said Dr. Karen Smith, California’s chief medical officer. “By eliminating the fleas, we reduce the risk of human exposure and break the cycle of plague in rodents at the sites. People can protect themselves from infection by avoiding any contact with wild rodents.” – For complete article see http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/yosemite-closes-two-campgrounds-after-plague-case-n41021

RABIES:

Delaware 08/14/15 New Castle County: Thirteen people are being treated for exposure to rabies after a kitten found near Middletown tested positive for the deadly virus. State health officials say the rabies case is the eighth to be confirmed in Delaware this year. The kitten was found in mid-July. A family took care of the animal before taking it to a veterinarian. The kitten was unusually weak and died on Sunday night. The veterinary staff who handled the kitten and the family that took care of it are being treated for exposure to the virus, which is fatal if untreated. – See http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/1a469725900544508372f78d4692adb3/DE–Rabid-Kitten

6183687956_0905f1bf96_oFlorida 08/14/15 Sarasota County: The Sheriff’s Office animal services section is searching for a reportedly feral feline who attacked a man collecting his newspaper last week. At about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 5, Sam Giordano, 67, was outside his home on Salerno Street (in Venice), retrieving his newspaper, when a stray cat charged him from under his car and attacked his left leg, according to a report from animal services. The stray had attacked Giordano’s pet cat earlier that day. Giordano suffered “at least 20 large lacerations and about four puncture wounds,” according to the report. Animal services officers are trying to humanely trap the stray cat so they can monitor its behavior for signs of exposure to the rabies virus. The cat has lived in the area for about a year, according to the report. It resembles a “brown tiger looking cat.” If the stray cat is not captured by Sunday, the Sarasota County Health Department will advise Giordano on whether he needs to be tested or treated for the rabies virus, according to SSO spokeswoman Kaitlyn Johnston. – See http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150814/ARTICLE/150819812

New York 08/12/15 Westchester County: Ossining P.D. Public Health Alert: On Monday August 10th we had an incident on Edward Street and Lafayette Avenue where a gray cat became aggressive with police officers and a few residents. The cat was captured a short while later and delivered to the Westchester County Department of Health. Today we were notified that the cat tested positive for rabies. A robo-call from the Department of Health will be going out to residents in the immediate area. If you, or someone you know, had contact with a stray gray cat in that area, and especially if you were bitten, scratched, or exposed to the cat’s saliva please call the Department of Health immediately at (914)813-5000. – See http://patch.com/new-york/ossining/aggressive-cat-tests-positive-rabies-ossining

Study suggests SEAL VIRUS H3N8 is a threat to humans ~ PENNSYLVANIA child dies of ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER ~ BLACK BEAR trees WASHINGTON BOW HUNTER ~ Follow-Up Report: WEST VIRGINIA BEAR sow judged NOT GUILTY ~ COLORADO child contracts TULAREMIA ~ COLORADO confirms third & fourth human cases of TULAREMIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from FL, MS & NE ~ RABIES reports from NJ & ND.

Atlantic Harbor Seal. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

Atlantic Harbor Seal. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

National 09/05/14 breitbart.com: by William Bigelow – The scientific journal Nature Communications has published the results of a study conducted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that focused on an avian influenza virus that left harbor seals dead along the New England coast, and their findings indicate that the virus poses a threat to humans. The H3N8 virus that killed the seals was found spreading through ferrets in separate cages by respiratory transmission, which 5454598is not the usual case with avian flu viruses, so scientists are worried that it could be transmitted through humans in an airborne manner. . . . Avian H3N8 was responsible for a human flu pandemic in the 1880s. There has been no evidence that the 2011 version that killed the seals resulted in human illness, but there is another virus that was transmitted from seals to humans who were in close contact with them. The study’s first author, Erik Karlsson, Ph.D., warned that surveillance of flu viruses in wild and domestic animals needs to be prioritized. . . . In the St. Jude study, two of the three animals that were exposed to H3N8 from respiratory transmission became infected with minimum symptoms. Researchers also wanted to see if humans vaccinated against seasonal flu strains were immune to the H3N8 virus; they were not. The researchers asserted, “The transmissibility of the seal H3N8 virus coupled with the apparent lack of immunity makes this strain a concern.” – For complete article see http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/04/Seal-Virus-Threat-to-Humans

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:

188737k8Pennsylvania 09/05/14 Dauphin County: Officials have confirmed that a child from the Harrisburg area who recently died contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is carried by dog ticks. The disease can be severe but is rarely fatal if treatment with antibiotics begins within a few days after symptoms first appear. – For complete article see http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/09/rocky_mountain_spotted_fever_m.html

 

Bear Attacks:

CAT SCARES BEAR TOPIXWashington 09/05/14 columbian.com: by Shari Phiel – When Longview resident Jerry Hause headed out for Monday’s bow hunting opener, he never imagined he would end up in a fight for his life with a black bear. Hause and his son Jeffrey, 26, drove into a remote, wooded area in the upper Abernathy Creek area about eight miles west of Longview in hopes of bagging deer. Hause, 60, has been hunting for decades, but he’s been a bow-hunter for only four. Hause was about to start driving game toward his son, who was waiting in a tree, when the unexpected happened. “I’d already hiked about three miles so I sat down to take a break before I tried to push some (game) back to him. I took my backpack off and sat my bow down and as I was sitting there I started looking around and … I saw a black head which I thought was a bear,” Hause said from his home Thursday. “I’ve hunted this area for 30-plus years and I’ve never seen a bear up there.” Hause said the bear appeared to be a cub and was 80 to 100 yards away. Knowing knew it’s unwise to come between a cub and its mother, he looked for a way to leave the area. “I stood up and in one motion that bear jumped out of the creek it was in and was on level ground with me. And as soon as it was on level ground it was on a dead run after me,” he said. He doesn’t know if the bear was the mother or the same bear he’d thought was a cub. Hause said he knew he wouldn’t be able to pick and aim his bow, and he wasn’t confident he could drop the 250- to 300-pound animal. His only choice, he said, was to climb the tree he had been resting against. “I knew the tree was right there, so I headed up that to get far enough up the tree that the bear couldn’t get me,” Hause said. Hause climbed several feet up into the tree. The bear followed, but Hause said he thought he was out of the bear’s reach until he looked down just as the bear bit into his left leg. “It totally amazes me how fast that bear got on me. In three seconds it was on me,” he said. Hause said the bear also tried to grab him with one of its paws and left claw marks on his leg. He said he realized he couldn’t climb any higher, so he grabbed a branch above him and held on. “I was thinking, ‘If it gets me out of this tree I’m a dead man.’ It was mad, it was growling. It was serious about what it was going to do,” Hause said. Hause pulled himself and kicked out at the bear with his other foot. Having heard on wildlife shows that sharks will sometimes stop an attack after being hit in the nose, Hause aimed for the bear’s nose. The waStateMapmaneuver seemed to work. The bear let go and dropped to the ground and then moved off. After waiting 10 minutes, Hause said he got out of the tree and began hiking back to his truck. Once he got to an area where he could make a call on his cell phone, he alerted his son and called his wife, who came and took him to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center. He was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery from his puncture and scratch wounds.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Bob Weaver said the chances of encountering a bear in the woods, let alone being attacked by one, are very slim. “This is are very rare incident. It’s happened before, but it’s a very rare thing to happen,” Weaver said. Statewide, there are an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 black bears. Weaver didn’t know how many bears there are in the Cowlitz County area. – For complete article see http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/sep/05/bear-attacks-bites-bow-hunter-near-longview/

Follow-Up Report

(See: MAN and DOG attacked by BLACK BEAR sow in WEST VIRGINIA posted August 29, 2014)

dogs-must-be-leashed-sign-k-0102West Virginia 09/04/14 newsplex.com: by James Gilbert – Just a few weeks ago a Staunton man had an encounter with a bear that sent him to the hospital. When we look back at bear attacks, they seem to be more like bear defense. “These are most often not bear attacks at all. In every single one of the cases in which we are aware, there’s been a human with a dog off the leash on public land,” comments Ed Clark, Wildlife center of Virginia president. In this case of a Virginia man being attacked, his dog was off the leash and ran towards some cubs. The owner’s reaction was to ‘rescue’ his dog, and momma bear took a man running at her cubs as a threat. “The dog was described as some kind of hero, well perhaps he did in fact save the owner from more severe injuries, but it was the dog who precipitated the attack in the first place, or more technically it was the human who failed to comply with the law about keeping the dog on a leash,” states Clark, who knows how smart and mostly non-violent black bears are. Dogs must be on a leash at all times on any public land unless otherwise noted. Many dog owners know this. – For complete article and video see http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Bear-Attack-Might-be-More-Than-it-Seems-274024081.html

Tularemia:

Colorado 09/03/14 Boulder County: A child in Longmont and two rodents in Boulder have tested positive for tularemia. – See http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_26464004/boulder-county-sees-first-human-case-rabbit-fever

_rabbit_feve_198874000Colorado 09/05/14 Larimer County: A county resident has been stricken with the third human case of tularemia in the state this year. The victim is thought to have been infected by inhaling the bacteria while mowing tall grass in an area where infected rabbits were previously present. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/09/05/second-human-case-tularemia-confirmed-larimer/15135067/

Colorado 09/06/14 Larimer County: A second resident of the county has been confirmed to have tularemia, a bacteria also known as rabbit fever. Both adults who were treated for tularemia in Larimer County are believed to have been infected while mowing tall grasses in an area frequented by rabbits. – See http://www.reporterherald.com/lifestyles/health/ci_26479036/second-human-tularemia-case-reported-locally

55468i7West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 09/05/14 FL Dept of Health/Volusia County: Media Release – A suspect human case of WNV illness is under investigation awaiting state lab confirmation. The case involves a 34 year old female. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. – See http://www.floridahealth.gov/chd/volusia/NewsReleases/2014-wnv-extended.pdf

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 09/08/14 MS State Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed five new human cases of WNV, bringing the state total to 24 cases so far in 2014. The new cases were reported in Forrest (2), Harrison (1), and Hinds (2) counties. So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (2), Bolivar (1), Covington (1), Forrest (4), Harrison (1), Hinds (6), Lauderdale (1), Madison (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), and Wilkinson (1). Three WNV deaths have occurred, in Forrest, Madison, and Yazoo counties. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,15578,341.html

5323g446Nebraska 09/03/14 Two Rivers Public Health Dept: Media Release – Three cases of the more severe form of WNV have been confirmed within the department’s jurisdiction during the last two weeks. All of the victims have been hospitalized. – See http://www.trphd.org/Resources/PressReleases/ArticleDisplay/tabid/68/ArticleId/404/Protect-Yourself-from-West-Nile-Virus-during-Fall-Activities.aspx

Rabies:

groundhogNew Jersey 09/08/14 Middlesex County: A groundhog that appeared to be sick was found Sept. 4th in a vacant field in the vicinity of Cortland Street and Hall Avenue in Perth Amboy. Officials confirmed today that the animal tested positive for rabies. One person was potentially exposed to the virus. – See http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/09/rabid_groundhog_found_in_perth_amboy.html

3610192083_22eaf9db7aNorth Dakota 09/05/14 Ward County: A kitten that was part of a litter of six sold at Amy’s Pet Parade in Minot has tested positive for rabies. The litter was anonymously dropped off at the pet shop and the last kitten was sold this week. Officials are urging anyone exposed to the kittens since August 22nd should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.kentucky.com/2014/09/05/3414061_kitten-purchased-in-nd-tests-positive.html?rh=1

 

CANADA: ALBERTA teen attacked by MOUNTAIN LION ~ TICK bite nearly kills 3-year-old VIRGINIAN ~ CALIFORNIAN attacked by BEAR may face feeding charges ~ COLORADO FLEA samples positive for BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ COLORADO RABBIT positive for TULAREMIA ~ OREGON hopes to re-collar celebrity WOLF OR-7 ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CA, CO, MD, MS, TXx2 & WY ~ RABID CAT reports from CA, FL, NC, SC & TX.

Mountain lion. Photo by Trish Carney. Wikimedia Commons.

Mountain lion. Photo by Trish Carney. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

Alberta 08/27/14 calgarysun.com: by Michael Platt – It’s said there a few sounds in the nature as bloodcurdling as the scream of a female cougar. Unless, of course, it’s the scream of a 19-year-old woman — in which case, even hungry cougars are loathe to hang around. It was that sound which likely saved 16-year-old Mykaela Belter from a serious mauling or worse after a large cat attacked her along a hiking trail in Waterton Parks — only to release and retreat when Belter’s sister Gabrielle screamed in horror. “I gave her a thank you,” said Mykaela, who’s now at her grandma’s house, nursing four stitches and bruises along her thigh and lower back. The attack has wildlife officials in the National Park baffled, because the 90-pound female cougar — since captured and killed — shows no signs of starvation or distress, and the typically shy animal was stalking people in a crowded area.

WatertonLakesNationalParkBelter says she was taken by surprise as she walked with Gabrielle down the trail near Bertha Falls, her dad Gary and brother Jaxon just a few steps behind on the busy route, located only a kilometre from the Waterton townsite. As they passed by some bushes, the cougar suddenly lunged. “It really didn’t hurt very much — it felt like when a house cat claws you, but then I looked down and thought, ‘oh wow, a cougar,’” said Mykaela, who lives in St. Albert, near Edmonton. Not far behind, her horrified father Gary Belter was thinking much stronger words than just “oh wow.” “The girls were just walking along together — the cougar stuck its head out of the bush and then it lunged forward and grabbed Mykaela and started to pull her towards the bushes,” said Gary. “Gabby reached over to grab Mykaela and screamed at the same time, and it let go.” By then dad was right there, ready to fight for his daughter’s life — though he admits that between adrenaline and shock, he could barely fathom what was really happening. “Part of it was being so shocked to even see a cougar, and then realizing, it has its paws around my daughter,” said Gary. “Then I was running forward, thinking the cat can’t pull her away that quickly, she’s too big, and I can grab her — but then it let go.” At first the cougar moved a metre or two back, and looked ready to pounce again, but the sudden commotion and crowd of hikers running to help convinced the mountain lion to leave. Gabrielle may have saved her sister, but the 19-year-old says she barely had time to think. “It all happened so fast,” said Gabrielle. “I panicked and grabbed her arm while screaming, because I didn’t know what else to do. My sister jerked back and then it just let go.” Parks officials have sent the cougar’s corpse for tests, to try and determine why the cat was preying on people and ignoring its usual instinct to avoid humans. – For photo of sisters and complete article see http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/08/26/alberta-teen-saved-from-cougar-attack-by-sister

 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:

petechial_rashRMSFbyCDCVirginia 08/29/14 Hampton: A 3-year-old boy is recovering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever traced to a tick bite. It started with a fever, then a rash on his hands and feet. The boy was hospitalized for five days. – See http://wavy.com/2014/08/28/tick-bite-almost-kills-hampton-3-year-old/

 

Bear:

blackbear_1721930c-133California 08/26/14 rgj.com: by Scott Sonner – A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals. California authorities say the woman, whose name hasn’t been released, has been feeding bears for years in her yard on the lake’s north shore at Kings Beach. A similar problem a few miles east in Incline Village prompted the Nevada Department of Wildlife to issue a formal warning in December to another woman accused of illegally feeding several bears — three of which now are dead. One of the bears had to be euthanized after it broke into a neighbor’s car and exhibited bold behavior making it a threat to public safety, NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said. Two of her cubs later were struck and killed by cars, which Healy said was at least an indirect result of their losing their natural fear of humans. “The people who are doing the feeding are the ones who are killing these bears,” Healy told The Associated Press on Friday. The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported that California game wardens were investigating the woman after the Aug. 5 attack in Kings Beach. The woman was treated at a hospital for bite wounds to her shoulder and scratches on her leg after she reported the bear hit her from behind, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Investigators said she has been feeding bears since at least 2010 and had been warned multiple times to stop. Foy said wildlife officials were working with the Placer County district attorney’s office and will decide soon whether to cite her with a misdemeanor charge of feeding wildlife, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. – For complete article see http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/08/24/tahoe-woman-attacked-bear-may-face-feeding-charges/14531237/

 

Bubonic Plague:

Santa_Fe_attacks_plagu48f91501Colorado 08/21/14 Boulder County: Fleas collected from a deserted prairie dog colony in the city of Boulder’s Marshall open space property, northeast of the intersection of South Boulder and Cherryvale roads, have tested positive for bubonic plague. The open space has not be closed, but people are urged to take precautions. – See http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_26375739/plague-found-boulder-area-fleas-residents-warned-take

 

Tularemia:

Jarek Tuszynski-Wikimedia-Commons

Jarek Tuszynski-Wikimedia-Commons

Colorado 08/28/14 El Paso County: Public health officials say a dead rabbit found near Yoder has tested positive for tularemia. “Residents near Yoder, south of Highway 94 and west of Yoder, are advised that tularemia-causing bacteria may be present in some of the mammals – especially rabbits, rodents and hares.” – See http://www.krdo.com/news/dead-rabbit-found-near-yoder-tests-positive-for-tularemia/27774090

 

Wolf (OR-7):

Remote camera photo of OR-7

Remote camera photo of OR-7

Oregon 08/25/14 mailtribune.com: by Mark Freeman – Oregon’s most famous wolf is set to get some new bling so he can keep working for Da Man. Biologists plan to recapture OR-7 and replace the wolf’s tracking collar — and possibly collar his mate and some of his three pups — to keep tracking Western Oregon’s only known wolf family as they work their way toward pack status. A federal biologist plans to set foot-hold traps in the area of eastern Jackson County in hopes of capturing at least one of the animals so it can be fitted with a GPS-transmitting collar similar to the one used to track OR-7’s world-famous, 3,000-mile journey that led him here. “It’s kind of the luck of the draw in who you can get,” says John Stephenson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist tracking OR-7 from his Bend office. “It will probably end up one of the pups because they’re the most curious.” – For complete article see http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20140824/NEWS/140829665

 

West Nile Virus (WNV) Reports:

fig2_lgCalifornia 08/26/14 Orange County Public Health: Media Release – A Seal Beach resident in her 80s with underlying medical conditions died last week with complications of WNV infection. She had the more severe form, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Orange County currently leads the state in number of WNV infections this year with 40 to date, compared to fewer than 5 infections around this time in the previous four years. – See http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/wn

Colorado 08/26/14 Weld County Dept of Public Health: Seven county residents are confirmed to be infected with WNV, including a 63-year old man hospitalized with a neuroinvasive infection. – See http://www.co.weld.co.us/assets/013aa5CDD00DbaB0b092.pdf

Maryland 08/28/14 National Capital Region: State officials have confirmed that an adult resident of the region has been diagnosed with the state’s first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wbal.com/article/109505/3/confirmed-case-of-west-nile-virus-in-maryland

Mississippi 08/26/14 MS State Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the death of a Madison County resident from WNV, the second Mississippi death from WNV in 2014. New human cases were also reported in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, and Rankin counties. So far this year, a total of 15 human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (2), Bolivar (1), Covington (1), Forrest (1), Hinds (2), Madison (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), and Wilkinson (1) counties. WNV deaths have occurred in Madison and Yazoo counties. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,15551,341.html

Texas 08/26/14 TX Dept of State Health: Officials have confirmed 41 human cases of WNV illness in the state so far this year. Counties include Brazoria (2), Dallas (5), El Paso (2), Ellis, Galveston, Harris (8), Leon, Liberty (2), Lubbock, Montgomery (13), Nueces, Parker, Tarrant, Travis and Walker. – See https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm

Texas 08/28/14 outbreaknewstoday.com: The latest cases of WNV in El Paso involve three women and one man. Two adult women and one adult man who live in the 79932 zip code area, as well as an adult woman who lives in the 79912 zip code area are the latest patients diagnosed with the disease. All four are currently recovering at home. Earlier this month, two other men were confirmed to have contracted the disease. – See http://outbreaknewstoday.com/el-paso-reports-four-additional-west-nile-virus-cases-75343/

Wyoming 08/22/14 WY Dept of Health: Media Release – An older Platte County woman represents the first and only human case of WNV reported in the state so far this year. In Wyoming last year, 41 human WNV cases, including one death, were reported. Since WNV first appeared in Wyoming in 2002, reported human cases each year have ranged from two with no deaths to 393 and nine deaths.
– See http://www.health.wyo.gov/news.aspx?NewsID=743

Rabid Cat Reports:

3243453-detail-of-girl-hugging-kitten-hand-and-paw-in-similar-positionCalifornia 08/21/14 San Joaquin County: A feral kitten found in the rural northern tier of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the first case of rabies in the county since 2011. – See http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_6ef1ffec-2903-11e4-9fab-0019bb2963f4.html

Florida 08/29/14 Osceola County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a feral cat that attacked a young girl tested positive for the virus. The cat bit and scratched the girl’s leg so severely she needed stitches. Officials believe the same cat attacked a man on Keystone Avenue in St. Cloud. – See http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/8/28/rabid_cat_attacks_gi.html

North Carolina 08/29/14 Henderson County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a feral kitten found in the Steeplechase Court neighborhood of Carriage Park tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20140829/ARTICLES/140829842/1042/news?Title=Rabies-confirmed-in-Henderson-County-kitten-

South Carolina 08/27/14 Laurens County: Four people in the Gray Court area have been exposed to rabies by a stray kitten that tested positive for the disease, – See http://www.wyff4.com/news/kitten-exposes-four-people-to-rabies-in-gray-court/27756666#ixzz3BqA7R1c8

Texas 08/21/14 Travis County: by Gene Davis – The City of Austin is working to identify a young boy who potentially came into contact with rabies under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. An observer reported seeing the boy, who is approximately six years old and was wearing a green shirt, pick up a bat that later tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred on Aug. 18 around 9 p.m., according to a press release issued by the City. . . . anyone with information on the Aug. 18 incident (should) call the Health Department office at 512-972-5555 or, after 5 p.m., 512-802-1575. – See more at: http://www.austinpost.org/article/city-seeks-help-identify-boy-potentially-exposed-rabies#sthash.57abSpHl.dpuf

LEPROSY still claiming victims in the UNITED STATES ~ MEXICAN STATE abutting CALIFORNIA’S IMPERIAL COUNTY has reported 11 deaths from ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER so far this year ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from SOUTH DAKOTA.

Nine-banded Armadillo. Photo courtesy NASA.

Nine-banded Armadillo. Photo courtesy NASA.

Researchers find that Mycobacterium leprae, the pathogen that causes leprosy, otherwise known as Hansen’s Disease, is not as contagious as most people believe. It doesn’t grow well at all in cell cultures, or in nearly any nonhuman animal. The singular exception is the nine-banded armadillo, which the microbe favors even more than people.

“Armadillos are now a reservoir for the disease, and in coastal marsh habitats where population densities of the animal can be high, 20 percent or more of the armadillos are thought to be infected with M. leprae and capable of passing it on to susceptible people. Of the 200 cases of leprosy diagnosed annually in the United States, most are thought to stem from contact with armadillos, although the precise route of transmission remains unclear.”

Nine-banded Armadillo. Photo by Leppyone. Wikimedia Commons.

Nine-banded Armadillo. Photo by Leppyone. Wikimedia Commons.

“Today, Hansen’s is classified as a rare disease, yet it still strikes some 200,000 people a year, most of them in Brazil, India and other developing nations.” – For complete article published in The New York Times – Science see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/science/leprosy-still-claiming-victims.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140630&nlid=57949252&tntemail0=y

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:

imperial-county-map-areaMexico 0/30/14 Baja California: by Robert Herriman – The Department of Epidemiology at the Secretariat of Health in Mexicali, Baja California state, Mexico are reporting 11 fatalities from the tick borne disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), during the first six months of 2014, according to a Uniradio Informa report (computer translated). In fact, since 2009, health officials report 72 deaths due to the lethal rickettsial bacterium. Specifically the report notes, in 2009, 9 people were killed. By 2010 the figure reached nearly 12 deaths; there were 8 in 2011, 15 in 2012, and up to 15 Nov 2013 there were 17 deaths, which, added to the registered in 2014, reach 72 people who were killed by the disease spread by a tick bite. Last week, Imperial County (CA-USA) health officials reported the first case/death from RMSF. (See “ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER kills CALIFORNIA” posted on this blog 06/27/14.)

RMSF spotted rash. Photo courtesy CDC.

RMSF spotted rash. Photo courtesy CDC.

RMSF is a tick borne disease caused by the organism, Rickettsia rickettsii. Typically, the progress of the disease is a sudden onset of high fever, deep muscle pain, severe headache and chills. A rash usually appears on the extremities within 5 days then soon spreads to palms and soles and then rapidly to the trunk. Fatalities can be seen in greater than 20% of untreated cases. Death is uncommon with prompt recognition and treatment. Still approximately 3-5% of cases seen in the U.S. are fatal. The absence or delayed appearance of the typical rash or the failure to recognize it, especially in dark-skinned people cause a delay in diagnosis and increased fatalities. Early stages of RMSF can be confused with erlichiosis, meningococcal meningitis and enteroviral infection. – For complete article see http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/mexicali-reports-nearly-a-dozen-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-deaths-this-year-17381/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

hughes cty SDSouth Dakota 06/27/14 Hughes County: Officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of WNV reported this year. – See http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=16357

 

BEAVER attacks kayaker in upstate NEW YORK – ALASKAN victim of unprovoked GRIZZLY attack – HANTAVIRUS deaths in NEW MEXICO, NORTH DAKOTA & CANADA – ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER kills CALIFORNIAN – WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from AZ, CA, MS, MO & TN – RABIES reports from GAx3, MD, NJ, NYx2 & VT.

American Beaver. BING free use license.

American Beaver. BING free use license.

New York 06/16/14 Monroe County: A Lima resident is receiving post-exposure prophylactic rabies shots after a beaver jumped out of Irondequoit Creek in Rochester and attacked him, knocking him from his kayak and into the water. The victim was treated for bite wounds on his back and deep puncture wounds on his arm. A bystander responding to the commotion hit beaver2the beaver with a paddle several times before the animal let go and disappeared beneath the surface of the creek, and when it returned a few seconds later he hit it again, breaking the paddle. The beaver’s carcass was recovered and is being tested for the rabies virus.- See http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/beaver-attacks-pulls-man-off-kayak-13005.shtml

Grizzly:

grizzly5Alaska 06/25/14 Valdez-Cordova Census Area: by Josh Staab – A Slana man was visiting a friend’s home Tuesday afternoon when Alaska State Troopers say he was suddenly attacked by an adult grizzly bear. The attack left the man — identified by troopers as 66-year-old Andre Siegenthaler — severely injured following the attack. Siegenthaler’s friend Ed Bullock, who had bought nails which Siegenthaler was stopping by to pick up, says the attack apparently occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. “The bear attacked with no warning from behind a spruce tree, and even though Andre was carrying bear spray, the attack happened faster than Andre could react,” Bullock said. “Within two bounds the bear was on Andre.” Bullock gathered the information from Siegenthaler’s wife Briggita, who was with Siegenthaler after the attack occurred. According to Briggita’s account of the attack, Siegenthaler “suffered bites to his right hip area, both shoulders and arms; his left cheek was torn open, right ear mangled and nerve damage to the right cheek. Several neighbors in the area were called and came to Siegenthaler’s aid, Bullock said.

Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Valdez-Cordova Census Area

“(The Siegenthalers) live across the Slana River, so getting out to it is pretty restricted,” Bullock said. Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen confirmed that the attack had occurred, but says troopers didn’t respond to the incident and have no firsthand information about what happened. “The only thing we did with it was correspond medical response,” Ipsen said. “We believe (Siegenthaler suffered) serious but non-life-threatening injuries.” – For complete article see http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/slana-man-medevaced-after-bear-attack/26665594

Hantavirus:

hantavirus1542New Mexico 06/17/14 San Juan County: Officials have confirmed that a 67-year-old female resident has died of Hantavirus, a rare disease spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva. – See http://krqe.com/2014/06/17/hantavirus-claims-elderly-womans-life/

North Dakota 06/12/14 ND Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials confirmed today that an adult resident from the central part of the state has died from complications related to Hantavirus. .- See http://www.ndhan.gov/data/mrNews/2014-06-12-Hantavirus%20Death%20NR-PIO-v.FINAL.pdf

Canada:

Saskatchewan 06/24/14 swbooster.com: Health officials have confirmed the province’s first fatal case of Hantavirus in 2014 in an adult from the southern part of the province – See http://www.swbooster.com/News/Regional/2014-06-24/article-3775290/Hantavirus-death-reported-in-Southern-Saskatchewan/1

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF):

T_rmsf1 (2)California 06/25/14 Imperial County: Officials have confirmed that an unidentified resident has died of RMSF, which is a tick-borne disease. – See http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/local-death-attributed-to-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/article_6dcb9fe1-bcd3-55f3-a8d0-97e9c09f3704.html

 

West Nile Virus (WNV):

thumbnailCAZ9PMJXArizona 06/14/14 Pinal County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the county, and perhaps the state, so far this year in a man from Casa Grande who is recovering. – See http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/pinal-co-reports-st-west-nile-case/article_38b1913e-f3ea-11e3-8bfc-001a4bcf887a.html

California 06/20/14 CA Dept of Public Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the first two human cases of WNV in the state so far this year reported by Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties. The former person was hospitalized but has seen been released, and the latter tested positive but has not yet shown symptoms. – See http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR14-058.aspx

Mississippi 06/02/14 MS State Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the state’s second human case of WNV so far this year. The most recent case is in Newton County. In February, a case was reported in Hinds County. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,15273,341.html

Missouri 06/26/14 Laclede County: State health officials have confirmed that a 75-year-old male has died of suspected WNV. – See http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/first-west-nile-virus-death-reported-in-missouri/article_5ff352d8-f95a-5a5b-81ce-5db71502f9ab.html

Tennessee 06/24/14 TN Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state so far this year. The case involves a resident of Shelby County who is now recovering. – See https://news.tn.gov/node/12595

Rabies:

rabies.warningGeorgia 06/25/14 Wilkes County: A bobcat that attacked a pet dog in the Sandtown Road area of Washington last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.news-reporter.com/news/2014-06-26/Front_Page/Rabid_bobcat_killed_last_week_after_attacking_Sand.html

Georgia 06/24/14 Carroll County: A feral cat that bit an employee at Superior Industries on Columbia Drive in Carrollton on June 17th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.times-georgian.com/news/article_e29f43b0-fc11-11e3-b0fc-001a4bcf6878.html

Georgia 06/18/14 Chatham County: A feral kitten that has been in contact with a raccoon and at least six other feral cats in the Wilmington Island neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The kitten was being fed by several residents in the Wilmington Park area.- See http://wjcl.com/2014/06/18/eight-exposed-to-rabies-on-wilmington-more-cases-expected/

Maryland 06/18/14 Frederick County: A feral cat that attacked a homeowner near Deer Crossing Elementary School in New Market on June 11th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/locations/local/frederick_county/frederick/cat-near-deer-crossing-elementary-tests-positive-for-rabies/article_d0e65e1c-f70f-11e3-972e-001a4bcf6878.html

New Jersey 06/25/14 Salem County: A stray cat that was taken in by an Upper Pittsgrove Township family in May has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/2014/06/rabid_cat_bites_upper_pittsgrove_teen_say_salem_county_health_officials.html

New York 06/20/14 Onondaga County: A feral cat found near Downer Street in Van Buren has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who has been in contact with a feral cat in this vicinity, or whose outside pet might have been exposed, should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/feral_cat_in_van_buren_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

New York 06/06/14 Erie County: A sick cat found by children on the side of Cedar Road in Newstead has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wivb.com/2014/06/06/cat-tests-positive-for-rabies/

Vermont 06/23/14 Washington County: A small gray fox that attacked six people in Montpelier on June 21st has tested positive for rabies. Those bitten were in their yards in the vicinity of Derby, Colonial and Hillcrest drives. – See http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/d/story/fox-attacks-six-people-in-montpelier/38397/xC75qCTBlES0y41dYEQ3AQ

GRIZZLY BEARS leave 4 injured in IDAHO & WYOMING ~ MICHIGAN game wardens search for BLACK BEAR that attacked 12-year-old jogger ~ CANADA: NEW BRUNSWICK forestry worker chased up tree and bitten by BLACK BEAR ~ 6-month-old TENNESSEAN contracts ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER ~ EEE & WNV reports from ID, MD, MI, MT, & PA ~ RABIES reports from CO, ILx2, ME, NC, SC, & WV.

Grizzly. Photo by Jean-Pierre Lavoie. Wikimedia Commons.

Grizzly. Photo by Jean-Pierre Lavoie. Wikimedia Commons.

Idaho & Wyoming 08/15/13 abcnews.go.com: by Rachel Katz – Two separate grizzly bear attacks Thursday left four people with non-life threatening injuries. The attacks took place just west of Island Park Reservoir in Idaho, and Cygnet Lakes Trail, southwest of Canyon Village trail in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. In Idaho, two private contractors doing habitat assessment work were unknowingly near a bear sleeping behind a tree. A bear charged at one of the men and bit him in the thigh and the backside, knocking him down, Gregg Losinski of Idaho Fish and Game told ABC News. The other man then tried to spray the bear as he was charging at him, but the bear attacked both of the man’s hands. The men managed to escape and other workers helped to transport them to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, Losinski said. According to a hospital nurse, then men suffered treatable but substantial injuries. “The biggest worry is infection, as bears do not have clean teeth,” Losinski said.

grizzlyNPSThe second attack Thursday involved a mother bear defending her cub, according to the National Parks Service. “When we have hikers that come upon grizzlies and they have a cub, the first thing the mother’s going to do is try to defend those cubs,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle told ABC News Radio. A group of four people hiking in Yellowstone saw an approaching grizzly bear cub around 11:30 a.m., the parks service said. A sow grizzly then appeared and attacked two of the hikers, leaving them with bite and claw wounds. They managed to escape when the unharmed hikers discharged canisters of bear spray, scaring away the sow and her cub. – For video and complete article see http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/08/double-bear-attacks-leave-4-injured/

imagesCACEBMO0Michigan 08/16/13 therepublic.com: by John Flesher – As 12-year-old Abby Wetherell headed toward home from an evening jog on her grandfather’s woodsy property in northern Michigan, a terrifying sight caught her eye: a black bear was chasing her. The bear knocked the girl down twice and lashed one of her thighs with its powerful paws as she screamed for help, then coolly played dead. Her father and a neighbor scared the animal away, and Abby was flown to a hospital, where she was doing well after surgery. “We’re very proud of the way she handled herself,” her grandfather, David Wetherell, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. “She’s kind of amazed us.” The Michigan Department of Natural Resources set traps in the area of the Thursday night attack in Wexford County’s Haring Township, just north of Cadillac, and asked the public to be on the lookout. The county has a well-established bear population but the animals generally avoid humans, DNR wildlife biologist Adam Bump said. The agency gets occasional reports of females challenging people who get too close to their cubs, he said. But in those cases, the sow usually snaps at the person once or twice and leaves. The bear that went after Abby apparently wasn’t protecting cubs, which made the attack highly unusual. If the animal is caught, it will be euthanized and tested for rabies or other diseases, DNR spokesman Ed Golder said. – For complete article see http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/4991be3cd9bf451c9e13e1699e74bc8f/US-Bear-Attack-

Canada:

BlackBear_USArmyNew Brunswick 08/16/13 cbc.ca: by Shane Fowler: A forestry worker from New Brunswick is recovering after he was chased and attacked by what he describes as a 300-pound aggressive black bear earlier this week while he was working in the woods near Oromocto Lake. Pierre Mezzetta of Fredericton required some stitches and a night in hospital following the attack Wednesday, but expected to be back at work Friday. After coming across the bear, Mezzetta made sure the bear was aware of his presence, but he ran when the animal charged him. Mezzetta was chased hundreds of metres before climbing a tree to escape. Even though he was nearly three metres up the tree, the bear still managed to clamp its jaws around Mezzetta’s ankle. “He jumped up, and in a blink and one bite, he had my ankle,” said Mezzetta. “As soon as he had my ankle, he slipped, or let go of the tree, like he was trying to pull me down towards him. “If he had gotten his jaws fully around my whole ankle instead of my heel, he would have had me, I would have been done,” he said. “I was scared for my life.”

NB_2001709Mezzetta said the bear aggressively charged several times. “When he hit the ground, he came right back up the tree again, climbed it, clawing at me, trying to bite me. He slipped again, came back around. He was frustrated, running around in circles,” he said. “All of a sudden, he just took and ran right around, right up the tree, full speed, right up the tree. “All I could do was just try and stomp on him with my boots,” Mezzatta said. “I was stomping on his claws and stomping on his nose, and stomping back and forth. “Finally he gave up. Circled a couple more times, and gave up and left. – For complete article and video see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/08/16/nb-bear-attack-fredericton-mezzetta.html?autoplay=true

Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever:

P_infectionK_rockymount_01 (2)Tennessee 08/16/13 Tipton County: The six-month-old daughter of an Atoka couple is hospitalized with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. – See video at http://www.watchlistnews.com/2013/08/16/local-girl-battling-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

ID DOH&WIdaho 08/16/13 ID Dept of Health: Three new cases of people infected with WNV are reported from southwest Idaho, bringing the current state total to five. A Washington County man in his 40s, an Owyhee County man over the age of 60, and a woman from Payette County in her 30s were all recently infected, in addition to the two previously reported cases from Payette County. Elmore County is also reporting mosquitoes have been detected with WNV, discovered by routine surveillance, bringing the number of Idaho counties confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying WNV to 11.  – See http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/AboutUs/Newsroom/tabid/130/ctl/ArticleView/mid/3061/articleId/1731/Number-of-people-infected-with-West-Nile-virus-increases-to-five.aspx

MDdhmh-logo-75Maryland 08/16/13 MD Dept of Health: A case of EEE has been confirmed in a horse in Worcester County.  The horse tested positive for EEE which is spread by mosquitoes. – See http://dhmh.maryland.gov/newsroom1/Pages/Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-Confirmed-in-Maryland-Horse.aspx

MDA_logoMichigan 08/16/13 Van Buren County: Dept of Agriculture officials say a horse stabled in Paw Paw is the first equine case of EEE in the state this year.

MT_dphhs_logoMontana 08/16/13 MT Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed mosquitoes testing positive for WNV have been trapped in Cascade, Blaine, Prairie, Sheridan, Phillips, and Teton counties. A pelican found near Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/16/5655812/west-nile-virus-appears-in-6-montana.html

PA_Department_of_Health_Logo_svgPennsylvania 08/16/13 PA Dept of Health: The state’s first probable human cases of WNV infection in 2013 have been detected. A Montgomery County man was hospitalized due to WNV. A York County man has also tested positive for the infection, but was not hospitalized. – See http://www.portal.health.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom%2C_publications_and_reports/11602/press_releases/699554

Rabies:

Colorado 08/16/13 Jefferson County: A bat with a cigarette in its mouth and placed on a woman’s floral shirt on a picnic bench in Harriman Park in Morrison could have rabies. Clearly, the bat was handled, but it could not be tested for rabies because of it advanced stage of deterioration, so officials must assume that it was infected with the virus. The person(s) who touched it could be at severe risk and need to seek immediate medical attention. – See http://kdvr.com/2013/08/16/officials-warn-about-possible-rabies-exposure-from-bat-placed-on-picnic-bench/

v17n2cIllinois 08/15/13 Grundy County: A bat submitted by a county resident tests positive for rabies. – See http://channahon-minooka.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-grundy-county

Illinois 08/15/13 Kane County: A bat found in a yard in Batavia has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kcchronicle.com/2013/08/14/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-batavia/aeq3mdx/

a - CopyMaine 0818/13 Kennebec County: A skunk that was acting aggressively toward campers at Beaver Brook Campground on Androscoggin Lake in Wayne has tested positive for rabies.- See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/16/5655861/wayne-officials-issue-rabies-warning.html

darlingcat-mattapoisett-Ma.govNorth Carolina 08/17/13 Robeson County: A feral cat that was hanging around a woman’s house in Orrum and bit the woman when she was feeding it, then attacked a puppy on the following day, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.robesonian.com/news/home_top-news/2353981/Orrum-woman-treated-for-rabies

South Carolina 08/15/13 Midlands: A Richland County man exposed to a raccoon, and a Kershaw County woman exposed to a fox in the Camden area are both are both being treated after the animals tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/story.aspx?id=934463#.UhA3dj_DK5c

17858296_BG1West Virginia 08/15/13 Mercer & McDowell counties: It’s time for West Virginia’s raccoons to see their annual dose of rabies vaccine fall from the sky. In Mercer County, fish meal baits containing an oral raccoon rabies vaccine will be distributed in the county’s wooded northern areas, said Doris Irwin, RN, BSW, with the Mercer County Health Department. The bait drop program was created to control the spread of raccoon rabies, a major source of rabies in West Virginia. “To give you an idea where this might be, it’s up on Coaldale Mountain, Windmill Gap, Arista Mountain, the Camp Creek area, and up on the upper part of Route 19 where it hits the border with Raleigh County,” Irwin said Wednesday. The bait drop includes all of McDowell County, Irwin said. Baiting with block-type baits distributed in more urban areas by hand is scheduled to begin Aug. 26. Irwin did not know if any baiting by hand would take place in Mercer or McDowell counties. Aerial baiting could begin Aug. 28 and conclude in early to mid-September, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said. Inclement weather could extend the program. – See http://bdtonline.com/local/x1981936117/Rabies-drop-set-for-Mercer

NORTH CAROLINIA 6-year-old dies of ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER contracted in TEXAS ~ CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA acts to keep CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE from entering province ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports CAx2, TXx2, & WA ~ RABIES reports from AL, CO, ID, MD, MN, NJ, NCx4, PA, TXx2, & VAx2.

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ticksNorth Carolina 06/14/13 Buncombe County: Emilee Russell, 6, of Black Mountain, died Wednesday of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after being bitten by a tick over Memorial Day weekend while visiting family in Texas. – See http://myfox8.com/2013/06/14/6-year-old-nc-girl-dies-from-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/

Chronic Wasting Disease:

Canada:

Mule deer doe with CWD.

Mule deer doe with CWD.

British Columbia 06/14/13 hqprincegeorge.com: by Jeff Sargeant – The province is taking extra precautions to try to prevent a deadly deer disease from entering BC. Chronic Wasting Disease attacks the nervous system of deer, mule deer, moose, and elk and slowly kills them. It has been spreading throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta and the Ministry of Natural Resources is hoping it stays there. Kate Nelson is a provincial Wildlife Biologist and says it is very contagious. “The disease can be spread from animal to animal contact as well as animal contact with an infected carcass and animal contact with infected soil,” said Nelson. It is not dangerous to humans. But Nelson says humans are mostly to blame for the spread of the disease by taking intact carcasses long distances after a hunt. Carcasses are allowed to cross into BC but only as long as the internal organs and tissues have been removed. – See http://hqprincegeorge.com/news/local/news/v/Local/206752/Province-Warns-of-Spreading-Deer-Disease

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Marin_County_CACalifornia 06/14/13 Marin County: A dead American crow found in San Anselmo has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.marinij.com/sananselmo/ci_23464299/first-case-avian-west-nile-virus-marin-confirmed

Los Angeles Cty CACalifornia 06/14/13 Los Angeles County: Vector control authorities have confirmed two additional mosquito samples collected in Harbor City and Los Feliz have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_23463006/west-nile-virus-detected-more-harbor-city-mosquito

tarrant cty TXTexas 06/15/13 Tarrant County: Public health officials confirmed Friday that a woman in her 40’s living in Fort Worth has contracted West Nile Fever, a more mild form of the virus. This is the region’s first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/First-human-case-of-West-Nile-virus-diagnosed-in-Tarrant-County-woman-211657521.html

harris cty TXTexas 06/14/13 Harris County: Health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped at a site in Atascocita has tested positive for WNV. – See http://ourtribune.com/article.php?id=15373

yakima cty WAWashington 06/14/13 doh.wa.gov: News Release – Health officials have issued a WNV Alert after mosquitoes from two samples collected in Yakima County tested positive for the virus almost a month earlier than in previous years. – See http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2013NewsReleases/13082FirstWestNilePositiveMosquitoes.aspx

Rabies:

raccoons12 - CopyAlabama 06/13/13 Chilton and Shelby counties: by Clarke Stackhouse – Three more raccoons infected with rabies have been found in Shelby County and the surrounding area, bringing the total to 13 this year. Dana Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, based at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Services at Auburn University, said one raccoon was found in Chilton County a couple miles from the start of state route 22. Johnson said he found the raccoon after it had been run over about 2 weeks ago. He took it back to his lab and it tested positive for rabies. A homeowner in the town of Shelby called in the second raccoon. The raccoon was chasing the owner’s puppy, and then went on the front porch and wouldn’t leave, Johnson said. The homeowners killed the raccoon and called Johnson to pick it up for testing. During a routine surveillance, a third raccoon was captured near the Shelby County landfill in Columbiana. Both raccoons tested positive to rabies. – See http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2013/06/13/three-more-cases-of-rabies-found-in-columbiana-area/

horse-vacinnation_0Colorado 06/13/13 Weld County: Two horses kept on separate properties in the northern part of the state have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32050/rabies-confirmed-in-two-colorado-horses

batwarningIdaho 06/14/13 Kootenai County: A bat that was caught by a vaccinated dog in Coeur d’Alene has tested positive for rabies. This is the third rabid bat found in Coeur d’Alene in the past month. – See http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jun/14/third-bat-tests-positive-rabies/

Looking-for-Kittens-001Maryland 06/13/13 Allegany County: A kitten that was taken to Allegany High School in Cumberland on May 20 has tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegany County Health Department. Anyone who had direct physical contact with the kitten is asked to call the health department at 301-759-5125. The gray, black and tan kitten was 2 to 3 weeks old when it was taken to the school from approximately 8 to 10:45 a.m. during an advanced placement government class. This timeframe corresponds with first through third periods of the school day. The kitten was confirmed to be rabid Tuesday, following a period of sickness. – See http://times-news.com/local/x182739711/Kitten-found-at-Allegany-High-tests-positive-for-rabies

image001skunkandcanineMinnesota 06/13/13 Stearns County: A skunk that was captured in St. Cloud after being in contact with a vaccinated dog has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sctimes.com/article/20130613/NEWS01/306130044/Skunk-St-Cloud-tests-positive-rabies?nclick_check=1

3610192083_22eaf9db7aNew Jersey 06/13/13 Middlesex County: A sick, stray cat found in a resident’s yard in the vicinity of Amboy Avenue and Voorhees Place in Metuchen has tested positive for rabies. There were five known potential exposures to the animal. – See http://njtoday.net/2013/06/13/metuchen-cat-tests-positive-for-rabies/

bat_01North Carolina 06/15/13 Cumberland County: A dead bat picked up by animal control officials on Friday at Melvin Place Apartments off Rosehill Road in Fayetteville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9140477

North Carolina 06/14/13 Davidson County: A fox that attacked two people in Thomasville on Thursday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20130614/News/306149974angry-fox/1005/news?Title=Rabid-fox-attacks-two-people-in-Thomasville-city-limits

North Carolina 06/13/13 Onslow County: A fox that attacked two puppies last week in the 100 block of Burnett Street in Jacksonville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/rabid-fox-attacks-puppies-1.158575

untitled (2)North Carolina 06/13/13 Buncombe County: Health officials are seeking the public’s help in locating individuals who may have been exposed to a fox potentially infected with rabies. An injured juvenile fox was found by a motorist at the intersection of Sardis Road and Sand Hill Road in Asheville on June 3. It was taken from the site and transported to an unknown location. In that time, at least four people came in contact with the animal, including a child, Buncombe County Health and Human Services said. Officials have not been able to identify or locate two of those individuals, including the child. Though no bites were reported, contact with a wild fox still presents a risk of exposure to rabies, especially given that a fox from the same area recently tested positive for rabies, health officials said. – See http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130613/NEWS/306130078/Buncombe-health-officials-warn-rabies-threat?nclick_check=1

redfox-aug09Pennsylvania 06/13/13 Armstrong County: A fox that bit a 7-year-old boy outside his Kiskiminetas Township home on Monday has tested positive for rabies. The entire family was potentially exposed to the animal’s saliva and all are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment. – See http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/4191658-74/fox-rabies-peace#axzz2WFefclhY

raccoon - CopyTexas 06/14/13 Coryell County: A raccoon that was killed by a dog on June 10th at a home on Twin Hills Road in Copperas Cove has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Copperas-Cove-Rabid-Raccoon-Reported-211558281.html

v17n2cTexas 06/14/13 Nueces County: A bat found in a residential area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.caller.com/news/2013/jun/14/rabid-bat-found-in-nueces-county-health-urge/

Virginia 06/13/13 Chesapeake: A stray cat that a witness saw attacking a woman with dark hair in the parking lot of Burger rabid-cat1-ChesapeakeVaKing on S. Military Highway on June 6th has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have been bitten or scratched by this cat or who has pets that may have been bitten or scratched by this cat – or knows of any other possible exposures – should immediately notify the Chesapeake Health Department or Animal Control at 757-382-8080. – See http://wtkr.com/2013/06/13/cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-chesapeake/

beardsley-red-foxVirginia 06/13/13 James City County: A red fox captured in the vicinity of Chinkapin and Elmwood lanes has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dailypress.com/health/health-notes-blog/dp-health-notes-red-fox-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-james-city-county-20130613,0,667769.story